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Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Simply Sweet Bakery a dandy way to spend a lunch hour

    The name – Simply Sweet Bakery – doesn’t sound like a place I would normally go to write an “Out To Lunch” article.

    Several folks have told me recently they enjoyed eating sandwiches, soups and salads (in addition to bakery items) at Simply Sweet Bakery’s new location in Harriman.

    Owners Mike Borman and Brad Jones moved their bakery-eatery to the 431 N. Roane St. last November. The previous location was in Rockwood’s Gateway Center, near the driver’s license office.

  • Roane County Schools launches investigation into Harriman basketball

    Trouble may be brewing in Harriman for the Blue Devils basketball team.

    On Monday, Roane County Schools announced it was looking into the program for possible violations of TSSAA rules, according to the News Sentinel.

    Roane County News reached out to Harriman head coach Wesley Jones, but Jones declined to comment at this time.

    Calls were made to Harriman Athletic Director Bobby Clark and Roane County Athletic Director Tony Clower, but have not been returned.

  • Yellow Jackets' baseball defeat Oak Ridge

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets proved they came to play on the first day of the Kevin Calia Tournament in Oak Ridge by recording an 11-4 victory over homestanding Oak Ridge High School and a 9-7 win over Knoxville Halls.

    Kingston got the bats going early, with nearly every batter connecting against Oak Ridge’s pitching. The Yellow Jackets recorded its first run at the top of the first.

    Fortunately for Oak Ridge, Kingston couldn’t muster anymore offense as the inning flipped.

  • Ellis to compete for college fishing national title

    In just over a week, college anglers from around the country will travel to Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina to take part in the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championships.

    Among the field of anglers is Joe Ellis, a Coalfield native and former Roane State Community College students, who is now fishing for Tennessee Technological University.

    Ellis, and his partner, Matthew Townson, of Chattanooga, will be joining 49 other teams to compete for not only the National Championship, but a Ranger Z117 and entry into the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.

  • Roane State women’s head coach, players earn honors

    Roane State Community College’s women’s basketball program swept the top Tennessee Community College Athletic Association awards.

    Head coach Monica Boles was named TCCAA Coach of the Year. Sophomore guard Shauntae Brown is the TCCAA Player of the Year and Haley Cornellison is the Freshman of the Year.

    Brown was also named first-team all-conference. Shauntae’s twin sister, Shanae, was named second-team all-conference along with sophomore Kassidi Freeman.

  • Still time to sign up for driver safety class

    There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County later this month.

    The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. April 22-23, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Development District, ETHRA officers told

    Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain is the new chairman of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    The agencies both serve Roane County.

    Brittain and other officers were recently elected during the annual business meetings and luncheon.

    Other officers also elected by unanimous consent of the board were Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, vice chairwoman; Luttrell Mayor Johnny Merritt, secretary; and Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton, treasurer.

  • Railroad denies fault in crash that killed 2

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and other defendants have filed an answer to a lawsuit centered around a fatal vehicle-and-train crash last spring near Harriman.

    The suit against Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Norfolk Southern Railway Corp. and three railroad staffers was filed by Darius Gallaher, Hunter Crass and Willie and Melissa Gallaher.

  • No deals for testimony in shooting case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Stephanie Foland said she didn’t receive anything for testifying as a prosecution witness at Christopher Lee Powers’ preliminary hearing last week.

    Foland was in the car with Powers when he was shot by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes on Feb. 9.

    Foland doesn’t face any charges in the Powers case, but she does have multiple charges pending in other cases in Roane County General Sessions Court.

  • Commission, BOE vow to build better rapport

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some members of the Roane County Commission had positive reviews about last week’s joint meeting with the Roane County Board of Education.

    “I thought we made progress,” Commissioner David Bell said. “Definitely.”

    The meeting in the auditorium of Roane County High School focused on the budget needs of the school system.

    “There was a lot of good information and building of rapport between the two bodies,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.